There's nothing cosier than snuggling up inside your tent on a chilly weekend away. It's the perfect time to have a sleep in or relax and unwind with a good book. However, this soothing state can quickly vanish as you suddenly feel drips of water hit your face or you've realised all your gear is damp. The cause? Most likely condensation.
Unfortunately, moisture build-up is hard to dodge and sometimes the elements can overpower even the most well-engineered tent. Not all hope is lost though! Condensation can easily be dealt with if done correctly, and we’ve compiled a list of our top tips and tricks to help reduce these effects on your next adventure.
- Ventilation is Key
The best way to prevent moisture inside your tent is to let it escape. Venting your tent is the best way to decrease the humidity and temperature inside. If weather permits, check your tent for both low and high ventilation options that will promote good airflow. Most tents will allow for doors or side ventilators to be opened, with mesh inners to protect from insects. The only trouble will be finding a balance between letting too much cold air in, so be sure to opt for a warmer -5C sleeping bag, like the Lawson Camper -5C.
- Location, Location, Location
Choosing where to set up your tent is the most important aspect of the camping experience and can make or break whether you’ll have a condensation problem. A tip to help reduce condensation is to make sure your tent is set-up on dry ground, preferably away from structures that would strict or block a breeze. If you’re camping in a valley, near a lake or any body of water, this can also increase the likelihood of condensation due to the moisture in the air. If you’re able to, try and pitch your tent a reasonable distance from the water to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
- Avoid Cooking Inside your Tent
Steam inside your tent is absolutely not ideal in winter. Try and avoid any kind of cooking or consumption of hot drinks inside your tent. If the weather doesn’t permit for this, be sure to bring awning poles with you to set-up a space for cooking out the front of your tent. Just be sure to close the tent door behind you.
- If It’s Wet, Leave It Outside
This may seem like an obvious one, but sometimes is the trickiest to avoid. Bringing water into your tent, whether it be on your clothing or gear, ends up evaporating and adding to the moisture inside your tent. Always leave wet gear outside and be sure to take off any wet clothing before entering your tent. Leaving wet clothing in a Snatch Strap Drying Bag inside your tent will stop them from freezing, plus the draining mesh will allow your clothing to dry overnight.
- Wipe It Down
If you happen to catch a morning of sun, make sure you open up your sleeping bag and lay it out to dry on top of your tent. However, this isn’t always possible. At the end of the day, you can try everything and still have some condensation problems. As a last port of call, make sure that you have a spare towel on hand to wipe down the droplets on your tent. Our Camp Travel Towel dries six times faster than conventional towels, so packing an extra towel or two is definitely worth it!